The Foreign Service Journal, June 2023

86 JUNE 2023 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL Please submit your favor- ite, recent photograph to be considered for Local Lens. Images must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi at 8” x 10”, or 1 MB or larger) and must not be in print elsewhere. Include a short description of the scene/ event, as well as your name, brief biodata, and the type of camera used. Send to . LOCAL LENS BY ALEX LITICHEVSKY n GUANGZHOU, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA G uangzhou, nicknamed the City of Flowers, celebrates Spring Festival after the ending of pandemic-era restric- tions. In the foreground, Huacheng Square, the largest city square in Guangzhou, is decorated with flowers and the auspicious color red wishing passersby prosperity in the new year. In the background is Canton Tower, the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world at 604 meters (1,982 feet). The photograph is captured at the southern end of Huacheng Square facing south. The Canton Tower is approximately half a mile away, with the Pearl River being the primary barrier between the two landmarks. n Alex Litichevsky joined the Foreign Service in 2012. His prior assignments include Kinshasa, Shanghai, and Port Louis. He took this photo using an iPhone XR on Feb. 2, 2023.